The state's largest TEDx event kicks off this morning in Indianapolis. The lineup will feature presentations from local and national presentations on subjects including unmanned flying technology, data use in college education and entrepreneurship. News Release

Originally Distributed October 2, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Seventeen speakers will take the stage for TEDxIndianapolis 2014 at Hilbert Circle Theatre to share their Big Ideas on how Indianapolis can “Get Outside IN.”

Nine local speakers will be joined by educators, engineers, artists and activists from across the United States for a one-day event that will challenge assumptions and suggest innovative new approaches for technology and entrepreneurship, education, and art and design in our city. The order of speakers for October 21 is below. The event begins at 8 a.m.

Solving World Problems from a Bird's Eye View

Ernest Earon (Raleigh, NC)

President and co-founder, Precision Hawk

Public Art as Social Engagement

Ed Woodham (Brooklyn)

Founder & curator, Art in Odd Places

Imagery Beyond Imagination Made Easy

Ali Momeni (Pittsburgh)

Kinetic artist & engineer, professor at Carnegie Mellon University

Recycling the Human Spirit

Jenenne Whitfield (Detroit)

Executive director, The Heidelberg Project

Learning from Mandela

Allan Boesak (Indianapolis)

Author & theologian, first holder of the Desmond Tutu chair

Eight Dimensions of Wise Design That Could Change Everything

Juan (Kiko) Suarez (Indianapolis)

Vice president of communications & innovation, Lumina Foundation

A Data-Smart Playbook for College Student Success

Matthew Pellish (Washington D.C.)

Director of member education, Education Advisory Board

How to Transform Vacant Properties to Fertile Community Assets

Mansfield Frazier (Cleveland, OH)

Vintner & weekly radio journalist on The Daily Beast

Watching Shoppers

Ray Burke (Bloomington, IN)

Director of Customer Interface Laboratory, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

How Digital Navigation Systems Will Create Universal Accessibility

Megan Lawrence (Portland, OR)

Founder & CEO, AccessGeo accessibility consulting firm

How Complex Systems will Save Us

Bud Caddell (Los Angeles)

Partner & digital strategist, Undercurrent

Don't Label Me: How Stickers Saved My Life

Holly Combs (Indianapolis)

Co-dreamer, Department of Public Words, & illiterate rabble rouser

“You Had Me at Hello… Hola… Bonjour!”

Neelay Bhatt (Indianapolis)

Consultant, connector & world traveler

Making the Invisible Visible

DeAmon Harges (Indianapolis)

Roving listener

Next Generation: The Key to Sustainable Healthcare?

Ukamaka Oruche (Indianapolis)

Assistant professor of psychiatric-mental health nursing, IUPUI

Why Should Boys Have All the Entrepreneurial Fun?

DeShong Perry-Smitherman and Ericka Gibson (Indianapolis)

Co-founders, A Girls Gift, Inc.

Local big thinkers Matt Hunckler, the founder and president of Verge, and Matthew Davis, educator and environmentalist, will emcee the event. More information about each speaker can be found at TEDxIndianapolis also includes performances, swag, and audience participation.

Tickets for TEDxIndianapolis 2014 at Hilbert Circle Theatre are $79 ($89 with lunch) and can be purchased through An Afterparty at The Hall, 202 N. Alabama, is included in the ticket price.

TEDxIndianapolis 2014 presenting sponsors are Big Car, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Heritage Group, International School of Indiana, Well Done Marketing, and Indiana Humanities. Other sponsors include the Efroymson Family Fund; a CICF Fund; Lilly Endowment, Inc.; Indy Mod Homes; Christel DeHaan Family Foundation; Hedges & Associates; Sparks; Gracie Communications; SmallBox; Sycamore School: and Kyle Communications.

Source: TEDxIndianapolis

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